My Gothic Revival furniture project is coming along really well. I have a sloppy but complete first draft and am currently editing. In the meantime, I wanted to show you one of the pieces I will be talking about in my discussion.
Armchair, attributed to Gustave Herter, c. 1855, New York, walnut, 64 1/2 x 25 3/8 x 22 1/4 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art http://metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/214
Seriously, how cool is this chair? It is difficult to look at it without feeling transported to another era, which I suppose is the whole point of the Gothic Revival. It is also one of the reasons why I’m so interested in this style; it is able to make me think of two fascinating times and places at once – the middle ages in Europe and the mid nineteenth century in New York. I would like to think that whoever purchased it felt like some kind of ancient royalty every time he or she sat down in it.